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Tupelo, Mississippi
Supporting Racial Equity Work in Mississippi
Grant recipients discuss challenges and opportunities at the convening in Jackson at the program’s conclusion. Photo courtesy of Mississippi Humanities Council.

The Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC), the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities serves the state by addressing issues that are considered critical by its citizens and promoting informed conversation about the state’s past and present. In this spirit, the MHC created the Racial Equity Grant program in 2017, to commemorate the state’s bicentennial by addressing Mississippi’s complicated racial history and current divisions. With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the initiative supported 50 programs throughout the state undertaken through partnerships with 45 local organizations. According to MHC’s Stuart Rockoff, these partnerships ensured that “communities themselves could decide what would fit, what would work, what was needed in their community.”

“This was a wonderful experience. The MHC grant was only the second one I have received, and the entire staff was supportive and helpful with it. I am already thinking of ways to develop more grants in support of students, on and off campus, and the wider community.”

–Grant recipient/convening participant

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